Just under two months ago, the American Red Cross released a genuinely impressive app called First Aid. As you'd guess from the name, it's an app dedicated to helping you through medical emergencies; what you wouldn't guess from the name is just how good of an app it is.

Ditto for the organization's eponymous new app, Hurricane. Dedicated to helping you monitor and prepare for hurricanes coming through your area, the app looks every bit as well done as First Aid, and comes with a long list of features:

- Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even if the cell towers are down and the power is out.
- Monitor weather conditions in your area or those of loved-ones with location-based alerts for the U.S. and its territories from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA).
- Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
- Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
- Stay safe when the lights are out with the Hurricane Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
- Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
- Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
- Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
- See an illustrated history of hurricanes in your area.
- Learn the difference between a hurricane warning and watch.
- Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.

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Not only is the app well-designed and highly functional, but it's free of ads and comes in at the low, low price of $0.

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • https://twitter.com/SoFloEasycore SoFloEasycore

    Their First Aid app was great, but once it started pushing ads for this Hurricane app in my notification bar, I uninstalled. Quite a shame.

    • scruffyfox

      Hi! Im the Android developer for the ARC apps, yeah I understand your thinking that, in the next versions i'll be adding an option to turn them off, but I've made it clear to them to only send notifications scarcely so people dont feel like they're getting spammed. Out of interest, how many notifications did you get? I think there was a bug in our system that might have send out multiple by accident.

      • https://twitter.com/SoFloEasycore SoFloEasycore

        Thanks for the reply. I think it popped up twice for me, but I didn't want to take a chance on being spammed with more. Now that I know that the notifications are occasional and that there will be an option to turn it off in the future, I'll give the apps another shot.